2020 Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Nights

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The 2020 Fall Fun at Disney World begins August 13th this year!

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is a hard ticket, after-hours event being held on 36 evenings, spanning over four months this fall!

The 2020 MNSSHP event will take place on the following nights:

  • August 13, 18, 21, 25, 28
  • September 1, 4, 7, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27, 29
  • October 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31*
  • November 1

Tickets, which are on sale now, start at $85 depending on the party night.  Tickets for party nights are cheaper in August and September, and more expensive in October.

*Halloween Night (Oct. 31st) always sells out first! Tickets for that night are $135, the most expensive party night of the season, with no discount for pre-purchase.

Special Entertainment and Inclusions:
•Trick-or-Treating – unlimited free candy! – at 13 designated spots throughout the Magic Kingdom
•Guest-only access to Magic Kingdom attractions
•Castle Stage Show: Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular
•Fireworks Show
•Parade: Boo-To-You Halloween Parade
•Photo opportunities with Disney characters in their Halloween costumes
•Party-exclusive free snacks, some at additional cost

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Free candy! Take as much as you like!! Fill up your bag!!!  🙂

Disney provides the treating candy bags for free. There are 13 – a lucky number! – trick-or-treating candy stations at the Magic Kingdom…unlimited candy!

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13 Trick-or-Treating Stations are marked with orange pumpkins on map.

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The first candy station is right as you enter the park, just after the turnstiles.

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The calendar might still say August and it might be 95 degrees in the shade, but it will be full on ‘Fall at the Magic Kingdom’!

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Main Street USA is so pretty during the fall!

The Magic Kingdom will be fully decorated for Fall/Halloween by Monday, August 10th. in time for the first party night on Thursday, August 13th.

Returning are popular party favorites, such as “Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular” stage show in front of Cinderella Castle, Mickey’s “Boo-to-You!” parade down Main Street, and Disney’s Not So Spooky Spectacular Fireworks Show!!

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The perfect party hat!

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♪♫♪This is Halloween, this is Halloween….Boo to you, and boo to you…♪♫♪

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Yum! You’ll need some serious caffeine to keep going until midnight!

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Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party starts three days earlier this year….on August 13th this year!

Cast members can buy discounted tickets at the Company D store for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at a 30% discount off of general ticket prices for most party nights in August and September.  $59.00/ticket.

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Cast member dates and ticket pricing

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Minnie looks so pretty in her Halloween costume!

The Cast Member discounted ticket prices are good for the earlier party dates in August and September – and expect some dates in early October to be added later on this summer –  which is wonderful as the August dates are the least crowded nights.

Look for special sweet treats only available on party nights:

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Special treats on party nights!  Halloween Cinnamon Roll

Mickey Waffle Halloween

Try a Spooky Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae! During Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you can get a Midnight Mickey Waffle Sundae made with black chocolate Mickey Waffles and pumpkin gelato, all topped off with whipped cream and candy corn sprinkles! 🙂

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Halloween sugar cookies

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Chocolate dipped cookies.

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And special party merchandise and pins too.  Candy Corn Minnie Ears for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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Having fun at the MNSSHP party:

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Star Wars: At the MNSSHP party with our hubbies.  🙂

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Caroline going as your Ghost Host from the Haunted Mansion.

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Boo!

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Be sure to stay and watch the Halloween fireworks show at 10pm!

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Main Street USA on MNSSHP party nights.  Cool lighting and special effects on the entire street from the train station to the Cinderella Castle!!!

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Spooky!

MNSSHP party details:

Hours: 7:00 pm – Midnight

2 Boo To You Parades:  at 8:15 pm and 10:30 pm (the earlier one is much more crowded)

Special Halloween Fireworks Show: at 10:15 pm

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Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade.

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Special illuminated party balloons!

CP Tip:  The party starts at 7pm, but Disney let’s guests wearing costumes in for the party starting at 4pm. (Normally, adult guests may not wear costumes in the parks.)

DVC members can get in extra early at 12pm noon!

Come early and plan on staying until midnight!

Plan on being at MK all day:  Plan on going to the Magic Kingdom in the morning and storing your costume in the lockers near the entrance.  At 4pm, change into your costume and have your photo taken on Main Street before the crowds arrive at 7pm!

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7pm: Everyone arriving in costumes for the evening.

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Look who’ll be wearing their Halloween costumes!

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Special MNSSHP party lighting on Main Street USA.

Watch out for the headless horseman who leads the Boo To You Parade each evening!!

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The Headless Horseman leads the Boo To You Halloween Parade.

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Pickup a Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party button (free!) at guest services!

After dark fun!

Having fun wearing our costumes!

Characters everywhere!

Characters in special Halloween costumes everywhere!

We love the Boo to You parade!

We love the Boo to You parade!

The parade smells like candy!

The parade smells like candy corn!

Caroline loves the Disney villians!

Caroline loves the Disney villains!  They are out in force during the party.

Got to meet all 7 dwarves!

Special characters:  We got to meet all 7 dwarfs during the MNSSHP party!

Castle in Halloween colors.

Cinderella Castle in Halloween colors with “fog” rolling in.  (This is our favorite castle color at night!)

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Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom.

12AM -Midnight – Park Closing Time:  Spooky music and lighting and fog throughout the Magic Kingdom on party nights.  We were soooo tired!

Have a magical time!

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Hope you can make it this Halloween!

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(NOT OUR PHOTO!) Look at all the candy a family of 4 got at the MNSSHP party! A whole suitcase full to bring home!!!!

 

4 New Films Have Opened at EPCOT

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Four brand new film experiences debuted at EPCOT on January 17, 2020, the first day of the 2020 International Festival of the Arts.

These are all part of the billion dollar upgrade EPCOT is getting through 2021.

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#1:  “Awesome Planet” film is new at The Land.  The film is showing at EPCOT’s Land Pavilion in the Harvest Theater – the former home to the Circle of Life film.

The 10-minute film is narrated by Ty Burrell.

“Awesome Planet,” is an on-screen exploration of the realm we call home.  It showcases the spectacular beauty, diversity and dynamic story of our earth with all the grandeur guests have come to expect from Disney Nature films.

With spectacular nature photography, immersive in-theater effects, and space sequences created by none other than Industrial Light & Magic (which provided the cinematic foundation for the Star Wars franchise), “Awesome Planet”  amazes Epcot guests with an environmental message that resonates far beyond its final scenes.

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Canada Far and Wide

#2:  “Canada Far and Wide” in Circle-Vision 360 film replaced ‘Oh Canada!’ in the Canada pavilion.

New sweeping panoramic scenes of Rocky Mountains and cities are in the film “Canada Far and Wide in Circle-Vision 360″, narrated by Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy.

It also features new music by Canadian composer Andrew Lockington.

Canada Far and Wide debuts using all new seamless digital technology.  The new 360 movie features all new spectacular scenes of majestic Canada, more story to tell, fresh new music, and more.

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#3:  “Wondrous China” is a new Circle-Vision 360 film at the China pavilion.

Guests walk through the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest to view this new Circle-Vision 360° film. It’s a warm and appealing introduction to the natural beauty and people of China.  The film utilizes a new digital technology allowing it to be seamless. 

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#4: “Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along” in the France pavilion.

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Brand new Beauty and the Beast Sing-Along

The previous 30-year old film “Impressions of France” is back, but with an upgrade to 4K projection. Disney Parks officials said it will rotate throughout the day with a “Beauty and the Beast” sing-along.

The sing-along is directed and produced by Don Hahn, who produced the animated and live-action “Beauty and the Beast” films.  Angela Lansbery, who played Mrs. Potts in the animated film, narrates the sing-along.

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Two films are being shown daily at the France Pavilion.

Along with the new film, the “Tales as Old as Time: French Storytelling on Stage and Screen” invites guests to explore six distinct gallery cases inside the Palais du Cinéma.

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Tales as Old as Time. Really cool costumes.

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January 17, 2020: The new 2020 EPCOT logo, back to all caps again!

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Having a fun day at EPCOT! Caroline wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Two Disney Sisters

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Mulan is one of the nicest characters you will meet at EPCOT!  🙂

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Caroline meeting Mushu.

 

Tokyo Disneyland Resort Closing Until March 15th Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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Tokyo Disneyland’s Main Street is the only covered one.

The COVID-19 situation in Japan has worsened and for the safety of guests and cast members, the Tokyo Disneyland Resort will be closed from Saturday, February 29th through March 15th, 2020*. This is the first long-term resort closure since the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. (The park was briefly closed Typhoon Hagibis last year.)

This closure applies to both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. The Ikspiari shopping mall adjacent to Tokyo Disneyland Resort will also be closed during this time.

With this closure, there are no Disney Parks currently operating in Asia.

Both Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland closed indefinitely on January 26, 2020 and have not re-opened.

February 27, 2020:  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe asked today that all elementary, middle and high schools nationwide close on Monday, March 2nd for one month until early April to help control the spread of the new virus in the country.

The request caught many local officials by surprise. While not legally binding, it is expected to be largely followed. It will affect 12.8 million students at about 34,800 schools nationwide, according to the education ministry.

Thursday’s announcement came as the number of confirmed COVID-19 patients in the country rose above 200, and that doesn’t include the more than 700 infected patients related to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, according to the Associated Press.

“The coming week or two is an extremely important time,” Abe said. “This is to prioritize the health and safety of the children and take precautions to avoid the risk of possible large-scale infections.”

*We expect that the Tokyo Parks will stayed closed through early April.

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Two Disney Sisters

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

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Spaceship Earth at EPCOT Will Be Closing May 26, 2020!

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Spaceship Earth during the 2020 International Flower and Garden Festival.

Disney Parks continues to move forward with the major renovations and upgrades at EPCOT ahead of the 40th anniversary celebration planned for 2022.

Included in the renovation is the complete overhaul of Spaceship Earth.

The update “will focus on the story of humanity, following our long journey from prehistoric humans to today brought to life with magic and depth that only Disney can deliver.”

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The Egypt scene is getting a major overhaul with all the hieroglyphics being dramatically illuminated. Have you ever spotted the Star Wars ones???

Some scenes will be updated and remain in the attraction, to be joined by some brand new scenes that help tell the story of our human experience. In Egypt, for example, the scene will be transformed with new dramatic lighting effects.

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This is a hidden hieroglyphic on one of the pillars on the right hand side of the ride. R2D2 and CP3O!!! (We always look for it!)

The attraction will also featuring new narration and a focus on how light plays a role in our shared journey, “coming to life in dynamic ways in a celebration of the magic that’s possible when we all come together.”

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The entrance to Spaceship Earth is way too congested on heavy load days, especially the Fast Pass queue.  This queue is being redesigned.

The ride’s track will be overhauled with new loading and unloading areas, increasing the ride’s capacity.

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The loading/unloading area will be expanded to increase the ride’s capacity.

The scene at the top of the dome’s attraction where guests look back at Earth from space is being drastically reimagined utilizing the latest in projection mapping technologies.

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Boring!

We’ve always thought LOTS more could be done with the second half of the ride whereby you ride backwards down from the very top of the dome with nothing to look at but light points.  BORING!

Rumor has it that this will be much improved when the ride reopens in 2022.

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It should make for a nice nighttime display as guests are leaving the park.

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Goodbye Starry Nights, the twinkling starlights on the path towards Spaceship Earth.  We loved them!

Goodbye, Starry Nights! As the changes at EPCOT continue they are being turned off and removed  😦  We hope Disney Parks will find a place for them somewhere in EPCOT by 2022.

The major overhaul will cause the ride to close from May 2020 until just ahead of the park’s 40th anniversary in October 2022, two years from now!

Ahhh...the smell of Rome burning...

Hmmm…the smell of Rome burning…

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EPCOT seen from the air flying out of Orlando International Airport. Major changes are underway at the entire park!

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Having a fun day at EPCOT! Caroline is wearing one of her new Minnie Ears.

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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The new all caps EPCOT logo:

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January 17, 2020: The new 2020 EPCOT logo debuts at the International Festival of the Arts.  Back to the original all caps again!

Jungle Cruise Boat Slowly Sinks with Guests Onboard

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This boat is one of two wheelchair accessible boats and the lift gate may have not been closed properly.

A Jungle Cruise boat with a full load of guests onboard slowly sank in 4 feet of water as it approached the disembarking dock in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom.

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Luckily, “De Nile River” is only about 4 feet deep.

The boat, the Bomokandi Bertha, sank at approximately 12:30pm, causing the ride to be shut down. The incident caused a 101 ride interruption of almost two hours.

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Guests being rescued off the boat.

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A guest in the boat behind it took this photo.

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The cruise boat sitting on the bottom of the river.

Guests were rumored to have been given a free complimentary 1-day park pass along with a clothing voucher and three Fast Passes for the day.

There were no reported injuries and the attraction re-opened a little after 2pm.

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This is one of our favorite rides in Adventureland.

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“only once….”

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We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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It’s the backside of water! 🙂

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The guests got to see both the front and the backside of water!

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The skipper was rumored to have bravely gone down with his boat. 😉

 

Riding ‘Jingles’ the Carousel Horse at Disneyland

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I got to ride on Jingles again!

As we learned on the Walking in Walt’s Footsteps Tour, the oldest attraction still operating at Disneyland is the King Arthur Carousel.  The carousel is celebrating 145 years in 2020!

Jingles is the carousel’s lead horse and was Walt’s favorite horse.

Jingles is named for her beautiful straps of jingle bells hanging from her saddle and mantle.

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The 68 horses of King Arthur Carousel.

All the horses are trotters.

Interesting fact:  All the horses on the carousel are trotters.

The carousel was built by in Canada in 1875 and every horse on the carousel has a name.  You can pick up a complete list of the carousel horse’s names at City Hall on Main Street, U.S.A. (free).

The two finger point.

Tom Hanks, as Walt Disney, riding on Jingles in the movie ‘Saving Mr. Banks’.

She made an appearance in the 2013 Disney movie Saving Mr. Banks.  (We got to go to the movie’s world premier in December 2013 when we were working at Disney World!)

For Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebration in 2005, Jingles was repainted and trimmed in real 18K gold leaf!  That’s real gold on her!

Jingles was ceremoniously dedicated to Dame Julie Andrews on April 8, 2008.

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Jingles in all her glory.  That’s real gold on her bells!!!

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Her saddle honoring the 50th anniversary of “Mary Poppins” and Dame Julie Andrews. 18K gold!  So shiny!

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Close up of Jingle’s golden bells.  Everyone wants to ride on Jingles!  She’s the best!!

Jingles most famous rider.

Jingles most famous rider, Mary Poppins.

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Celebrating 50 years of Jingles!

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We’ve actually gotten to ride on Jingles several times now.

Usually, you have to run to get to her first.  She’s a very popular horse!

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Riding on Jingles for the 2nd time. Yeah!

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Riding on the carousel with Ian. ❤

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Jingles has over 130 bells on her!

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Mary Poppins’ umbrella on her saddle!

And look who else has showed up to ride on Jingles:

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Belle and the Beast!

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Belle waved at us! 🙂

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Me & Jingles

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

Two Disney Sisters

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Two Disney Sisters

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Meeting Mary Poppins and friend

     

King Cake, Mardi Gras’ Traditional Sweet Dessert

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Tri-colored King Cake with a tiny baby figure hidden inside.

King Cake is a colorful Mardi Gras dessert that has special meaning and an added surprise.

This cake has its origins in France and Spain.  It is shaped like a crown and is part of the Mardi Gras – Fat Tuesday, February 25th – celebration.  The sweet treat is enjoyed before the 40 day Lenten fasting period leading up to Easter.

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It’s more like a breakfast coffee cake than a birthday cake.

Hidden inside each cake is a tiny plastic baby symbolizing the Christ Child.  Whomever receives the piece containing the hidden treasure is ‘King for the Day’ and is said to have good luck for the rest of the year.

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Royal Cupcake at Port Orleans. No baby figure hidden inside, but it is filled with buttercream frosting. $6

You can celebrate Mardi Gras this week with a Kings Cake-inspired Royal Cupcake at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort.

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Cupcakes and beignets at Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory

Or, stop by the Sassagoula Floatworks & Food Factory for a delicious yellow cupcake topped with purple, green, and gold frosting and a white chocolate piece decorated with fleur de lis, crowns and, while there, try their famous freshly-made Mickey beignets!

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Freshly made beignets!

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My beignets!  ❤

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Mardi Gras fun at Disneyland

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Princess Tiana is wearing her winter gown for Mardi Gras!

At Disneyland, the Mardi Gras cupcakes are lemon flavored this year.

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Disneyland’s 3-layer Cake: The delicious Mardi Gras Coconut Cake!

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Disneyland: The Lemon Royal Cupcake, with lemon butter crème inside and decorated with royal-colored frosting. $6

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Happy Mardi Gras 2020!  Mardi Gras King Mickey and Queen Minnie

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February 25, 2020

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Princess Tiana leading the parade.

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King Mickey treating his queen right!

We’ve written two books about our time working – and playing – as Disney Cast Members at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Both are available on Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale and Adventures in the Animal Kingdom.

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Adventures in the Animal Kingdom

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

If you’d like to follow our daily Disney blog, here’s the link: https://collinsrace1.wordpress.com/

Have a magical day!

#TwoDisneySisters

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Meeting Princess Tiana

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Elly trying on the new Minnie Mardi Gras Ears

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Once upon a time…

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Yes, we did!